The WhiteFox Eclipse wireless mechanical keyboard is a modern take on a classic community design. It is based on WhiteFox which was a key part of bringing custom keyboards to mainstream. However, it has an updated set specs and features that show just how far the industry has advanced since Matteo Spinelli handwired the WhiteFox’s precursor in 2013.
The Eclipse can be hot-swappable which allows its stock Gateron yellow Linear switches to be easily removed without desoldering. It’s also gasket-mounted, giving it a more comfortable typing experience. The battery is wireless and lasts for 90 hours with the backlighting turned down or on full power. It can also be used with its LEDs off completely.
The Eclipse is trying to match the features of many mechanical keyboards by 2023 in many ways. Its magnetic assembly is more impressive, allowing for the removal of its switch plate or PCB without having to undo any screws. Alpaca could implement this feature, but it would not make the Eclipse feel fragile.
The original WhiteFox also features RGB LEDs instead of the white LEDs on the original. Also, the possibility to program the keyboard with the powerful configuration software VIA, rather than relying on the original WhiteFox software. Alpaca claims that the WhiteFox Eclipse uses a slightly wider layout of 68 percent than the original. This includes an additional column of keys on the right-hand side. The box includes PBT keycaps for Windows and Mac, as well as a USB-C port to charge.
The WhiteFox Eclipse shares the same name and design as the original keyboard, but it is made by a different company. Matteo (Matt3o), Spinelli, the designer has stated publicly that he is not involved. The keyboard collective Input Club has had minimal involvement in the project beyond agreeing to allow Alpaca Keyboards to use the WhiteFox name. The Eclipse can be described as an entirely new keyboard that draws on the WhiteFox’s design and not an evolution.
WhiteFox Eclipse fully assembled starts at $120 for the version with a low profile plastic case. The price rises to $180 for an aluminum case (low profile) or $220 for an aluminum case (high-profile). If you don’t want the switches, there are discounts for early birds or lower pricing. Alpaca Keyboards will ship the WhiteFox Eclipse in October 2023, barring any major problems.